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JASNA Cen Cal events are often a combination of Meetings/Book Discussions and Social Events. At the Meetings/Book Discussions, we gather to discuss Austen’s work or related titles, have some tea and treats, perhaps hear presentations from our membership, and catch up on JASNA doings. The Social Events can be anything from a picnic to a concert to attending a play or to celebrating Jane’s birthday in December.
JASNA Central California Events
Meeting and Book Discussion: The Making of Jane Austen with Devoney Looser
July 28th at 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location: Woodward Park Regional Library, Fresno. Free and open to the public. Features a Skype Q&A with the author.
Meeting and Book Discussion on Northanger Abbey
October 27th at 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location Fresno County Library Branch TBA. Free and open to the public.
Jane’s Birthday Party!
December 16th at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Location: The home of DeAuna Marks
Reservations: $10 for JASNA Members/$12 general.
“You can Get a Parasol at Whitby’s”: Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen’s Time.
Saturday, January 19, 2019. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Illustrated presentation and discussion by JASNA President Claire Bellanti
Woodward Park Library, Fresno. Free and open to the public.
Meeting and Book Discussion on Emma
March 23, 2019 at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Location Fresno County Library Branch TBA. Free and open to the public.
JASNA Central California Jane Austen Ball
June 22, 2019. Time and location: TBA. Step into an Austen novel with a night of English Country Dancing, finger foods, prizes and camaraderie. More details will be available in January.
Meeting and Book Discussion on Sense and Sensibility
August 31, 2019 at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Location Fresno County Library Branch TBA. Free and open to the public.
JASNA Annual General Meeting
October 4 – 6, 2019. Williamsburg, VA. JASNA’s national convention of Janeites gathers in Virginia to study Austen, share ideas, and meet friends, old and new. Only JASNA members are invited to attend.
Other JASNA Regions or Related Events
Mary Shelley “Frankenstein” Ball
Bay Area English Regency Society
Saturday, September 15 at 8 p.m. at the San Mateo Masonic Lodge
Film and Theatre:
San Joaquin Valley Productions:
- Fresno State University Theatre — Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon. December 7 – 15.
Bay Area Productions
TheaterWorks Silicon Valley New Works Festival presents Pride and Prejudice set by Paul Gordon & Directed by Robert Kelley. August 11,15,18
Pear Theatre in Mountain View Northanger Abbey adapted by Diane Tasca. Aug 31 – September 23.
Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon |World Premiere | November 15 – December 9, 2018 (Companion play to “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley”).